King’s First Dream

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The city of Rocky Mount and Dr. Jason Miller, associate head of the English department at NC State University, will present King’s First Dream during Black History Month. This re-staging event, will highlight Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to the Booker T. Washington (BTW) gymnasium in 1962 when he delivered the precursor to his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Booker T. Washington gym, 727 Pennsylvania Ave.

February, 23rd at 6 PM.


Ticket Required.

The event will feature guest, speakers a chorus, and an extensive selection of recently restored audio from King’s speech set to video will be played. There will also be a choral performance. Any individual interested in being a part of the choir should attend rehearsal on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Those who bring their own choir robe and participate in the choir will be given priority seating and will likely be featured in the documentary. The event will be recorded for use in the documentary film. Visit to learn more about the documentary.

Photos of Dr. King’s speech in Rocky Mount are credited to J. B. Harren, courtesy of Councilmember Andre Knight.

Celebration of Dr. King to Continue at Rocky Mount Mills

Rocky Mount Mills will sponsor activities to be used as a fundraiser for Miller’s documentary. Rocky Mount Mills is inviting the public for an evening of music, food and fun.

Saturday, February 24th

4:00-9:00 PM

Free Music

4:00-5:00pm- The Branchettes
5:15p-6:15pm- Harvey Dalton Arnold
6:15p-6:30pm- Dr. Jason Miller speaking on Origin of the Dream
6:30p-7:30pm- Cool John Ferguson
8:00p-9:00pm- Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

For more information on events coordinated by Rocky Mount Mills, visit There will be a nominal fee for activities at Rocky Mount Mills.

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